Quality Childminding by an Experienced Teacher.
Activities for the Under 5′s closely follow The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. All activities are age appropriate and provide the children with the opportunity to learn through play. Some activities are planned to ensure children are progressing in their play, whilst others are provided for children to make their own choices and to explore for themselves.
I keep observations of the children to help me to identify and plan for the ‘next steps’ in their learning. I also keep a scrap book for every child with photos of them carrying out activities, pieces of their work and written records of what they have achieved. Parents are encouraged to contribute to this if they would like to and it can be shared with other settings when they move on to playgroup or school. It also provides a lovely record of your child’s Early Years.
I try to vary the activities as much as possible. I have a large number of toys and resources both indoor and outdoor.
Some of the activities include…
painting, cooking, puzzles, games, cutting, sticking, play dough, construction, reading, writing, counting, singing, dancing, making music, dressing up and role play.
Bikes and scooters, ride on cars, tents and tunnels, growing plants and vegetables, sand and water play, wooden play house (this is sometimes a shop, a doctors or even a space ship!), slides and see-saw.
After school and holiday activities for the Over 5′s may include some of the above but I also encourage the older children to have some relaxation time after their busy day at school. There are age appropriate games and puzzles as well as the opportunity to ‘chill out’ in the living room with books and DVD’s. I also provide the children with space to complete their homework if necessary and being a teacher myself I am well placed to offer support with this.
Outings during term time include visits to the local park, the library, toddler groups and soft play and are geared to the under 5′s.
During the school holidays we may go further afield to visit farms, zoos, or even theme parks. (some of these activities may require additional fees to cover cost of entry)